Outpost Packet Message Manager
Outpost v1.3 Release Announcement
Along with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes, Outpost Version 1.3 introduced the concept of Collaborative Messaging using the existing packet infrastructure.
Up until now, Outpost operated in a stand-alone mode, that is, Outpost knew about itself, the TNC, and the BBS. It operated seamlessly in a mixed client environment and didn't care what other packet client software was out there on the receiving end because all packet messages look alike. When a message was received, it was the user who interpreted the message and acted on it.
The next logical step for Outpost is what I'm calling collaborative messaging.
As before, Outpost knows about itself, the TNC, and the BBS. However, Outpost is now "attentive" to other instances of Outpost that may exist out there as well. As a result, messages received from the BBS are not only read and interpreted by the user, but also can now be interpreted and acted on by Outpost as well. The message flow is still the same... Outpost -> BBS -> Outpost. The BBS is still the mail drop for all clients.
Outpost collaboration shows up in several new features in v1.3:
In all cases, these features work when a group of packet stations choose to implement an Outpost-only client environment. Outpost can still inter-operate with non-Outpost stations, but these features will not work for those clients.
With the base collaboration approach in place, Outpost is positioned to implement other features where the clients are the same on both ends, such as handling message attachments. There are probably other like capabilities out there; I look forward to hearing about them from the Outpost community.
Another noticeable change is the look of the Message List display. New messages will be displayed in BOLD type until they are read. At that point, they are changed to unbolded. This will assist Packet operators identify messages that have not yet been read.
As always, your feedback on this version is important to ensure that the integrity of the emergency response mission of Outpost is maintained. Thanks for your support!
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updated: April 07, 2007